Obama held a dramatic last minute press conference (transcript) at 6 PM on Friday. In it, he insisted that "I’m not interested in finger-pointing and I’m not interested in blame." You know that when Obama says things like that it his goal IS to try and pin the blame on someone else. He's NEVER at fault.
Obama went on to say that "We have put forward a plan that is more generous to Republican concerns." Really? What is it? Why has no one seen the details of this phantom plan. Obama makes multiple references to the various GOP plans, but when it comes to his own, no one has a clue what he is talking about.
It's clear that Obama wants to take the issue of debt and spending off the table and avoid having it become a centerpiece of the 2012 campaign. But if talks break down, Obama would like nothing better than to blame Republicans knowing full well that most Americans will never hear the Republicans side of the argument.
Millions have watched on television news programs as Obama points the finger of blame at Republicans. If there was a truly "fair and balanced" press in this country aside from Fox News those same Americans would have heard the GOP side of the story.
Here it is:
BOEHNER: "the House has passed a bill that raised the debt limit, cut spending, puts real reforms in place, and requires that Congress send to the states a Balanced Budget Amendment. It’s called ‘cut, cap, and balance.’" But "[t]he Democrats who run Washington have done nothing."
In explaining why talks with the White House broke down and what the steps forward are, Speaker Boehner said this:
Republicans continue to put forward solid plans and ideas to meet the current debt problem. For their efforts they have been attacked by Obama and the Democrats who REFUSE to put forward any serious plan of their own!
BOEHNER: WHITE HOUSE INSISTED ON RAISING TAXES, MOVED GOALPOSTS
“The discussions we’ve had broke down for two reasons. First, they insisted on raising taxes. We had an agreement on a revenue number – a revenue number that we thought we could reach based on a flatter tax code with lower rates and a broader base that would produce more economic growth, more employees and more taxpayers, and a tax system that was more efficient in collecting the taxes that were due the federal government. Let me just say that the White House moved the goalposts. There was an agreement, until the President demanded $400 billion more, which was going to be nothing more than a tax increase on the American people. I can tell you Leader Cantor and I were very disappointed in this call for higher revenue. Second, they refused to get serious about cutting spending, and making the tough choices that are facing our country on entitlement reform. Listen, that’s the bottom line.”
BOEHNER: “NO ONE WANTS TO DEFAULT,” CONFIDENT HILL LEADERS CAN COME TOGETHER
“I want to be entirely clear: no one wants to default on the full faith and credit of the United States government. I am convinced that we will not. Starting tonight, I’ll be working with colleagues here in the Capitol – both the House and the Senate – to find a responsible path forward. And I have confidence that in the bipartisan leaders of the Congress that can come together and to ensure that we have an agreement that will allow the country to avoid default and meets the principles that we’ve outlined: the spending cuts that must be greater than the increase in the debt hike limit and no tax increases.”
BOEHNER: UNTIL RECENTLY, PRESIDENT SOUGHT A CLEAN DEBT LIMIT INCREASE; GOP PRINCIPLES HAVE BEEN CLEAR FROM THE OUTSET
“You know, until recently the president was demanding that the Congress increase the debt limit with no strings attached. As a matter of fact, the Treasury Secretary sent me a letter two days after we were sworn in in January demanding that we give him a clean increase in the debt limit. I immediately responded and told the Treasury Secretary that the American people would not tolerate a clean increase in the debt ceiling unless there were serious spending cuts attached and real reforms to the way we spend the American people's money. I went to New York City in May, gave a speech to the New York Economic Club, where I outlined the challenges we were facing and I made it clear that we would not increase the debt limit without cuts that exceeded that increase in the debt limit, that there would be no new taxes, and that there would be serious spending reforms put in place.”
BOEHNER: IF WHITE HOUSE WON’T GET SERIOUS, WE WILL
“I can tell you it’s not in the best interest of our country to raise taxes during this difficult economy, and it’s not in the best interests of the country to ignore the serious spending challenges we face. ... Now I want to say, this is a serious debate. It’s a debate about jobs, it’s about our economy, and frankly it’s also a big debate about the future of this country. ... Listen, it's time to get serious, and I’m confident that the bipartisan leaders here in the Congress can act. If the White House won't get serious, we will.”
source: Speaker's Blog.
Obama and the Democrats are not negotiating in good faith on behalf of the American people. They are negotiating to score political points at our expense!